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Rio is a fascinating and multi-layered city. For visitors and students, unravelling the complex relationships between the sun, sand, samba and enduring crime and poverty in the city can prove difficult. Fortunately, the books available on Rio and the favelas are compelling, funny and diverse. Ranging from a gripping enthnography of black humor amongst women in the favela to an in-depth historical study of the legal basis of poverty, readers have many options to suit different tastes and interests. Outlined below are some of the most famous and widely recommended books on Rio’s favelas.
For the original by Guilherme Junior and Rosilene Milotti in Portuguese on Viva Favela click here.
Viva Favela correspondents Guilherme Junior and Rosilene Milotti watched the São Clemente Grêmio Recreativo Samba School (GRES) parade last Sunday, on the theme “favela.” Read what they had to say about the show!
By Guilherme Junior
“Poor… but rich in emotion/ Free… but a slave to passion/ Favela… I will frame you in watercolor/ Beautiful on this catwalk.” São Clemente chose to respresent the favela with words of exaltation, in a parade that was full of humor and homage to the More >
For the original by Silvana Bahia in Portuguese for Observatório de Favelas click here.
The strengthening of the idea of the city as a place to meet and exchange ideas has spurred the formation of various cultural production groups, particularly over the past decade, in Rio de Janeiro. People from different regions of the city have come together to organize around a common line of thought and develop cultural practices, often driven by issues like mobility, access to cultural goods or a diffusion and intervention of artistic production in the city. However, with the current turmoil Rio is experiencing in terms More >
With its historically welcoming and bohemian community and stunning views of Rio’s coast, the Vidigal favela in Rio’s South Zone has seen ever more visitors, new residents and outside developers since receiving a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) in 2011. How are new visitors, residents and developers changing Vidigal? How do longtime residents view these changes? What are the concerns, hopes and fears for the future?
Here we take a look at some of the changes in Vidigal with residents’ comments from a workshop CatComm conducted with Vidigal residents in November 2013 to discuss gentrification and resident hopes for the future.“The situation here will improve, More >
Rio’s oldest favela, Morro da Providência, lies just 2km from Cidade Nova, known today mostly as the location of Rio’s City Hall. Soldiers returning in 1897 from the Canudos war in Brazil’s Northeastern state of Bahia, named it Morro da Favela, or “Favela Hill.” ‘Favela’ was the name of another hill near the battlefields of Canudos, as well as the colloquial name of a native plant (Cnidoscolus quercifolius) that was prominent in that area, a name imported by the first settlers of Rio’s hills. As other hills nearby soon became inhabited by migrants or other dislocated citizens, during the Pereira More >